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Looking back at the museum event of the year - ICOM General Conference

NEWS: 29 08 2022

Nearly 2,600 museum professionals from 123 countries came to the Czech Republic last week, which hosted the International Council of Museums (ICOM) General Conference for the first time ever. The Olomouc Museum of Art also left its mark in Prague.

One of the main organizers was our colleague, the deputy director of the MUO, Gina Renotière, who is the chair of the Czech ICOM Committee. "I was proud of our skills and abilities as I watched the foreign guests looking at the beautiful exhibitions and watching the performance of Cirk La Putyka with enthusiasm. During the evening I was also able to thank Mrs. Gina Renotière from the Olomouc Museum of Art, Chairperson of ICOM Czech Republic, who was instrumental in the success of this global event."

The MUOs education department also received a big award. For the animated film "Sebastiano Luciani zv. del Piombo. Madonna with a veil. The emergence of the image", our colleague Hana Lamatová received the award of the International Festival F@IMP 2021-2022, which is organized by the ICOM subcommittee for new audiovisual technologies and social media. This educational film was created by Hana Lamatová together with animator Radim Ševčík.

In addition to a rich professional and cultural programme at the Prague Congress Centre, the conference included off-site meetings in Prague museums, a museum night, a museum fair and finally 40 excursions to various parts of our country. One of these places was Olomouc, where two dozen museum professionals visited on Friday 26 September. In addition to a tour of the city accompanied by a ride on a historic tram, they were also welcomed by the Mayor Miroslav Žbánek and the Director of the Olomouc Museum of Art Ondřej Zatloukal. Part of the expedition was tempted by the worshop with David Hrbek in the Museum of Modern Art, others visited the Jesuit Convent, which now houses the art history department of Palacký University.

In general, the most important outcome of the conference is the new definition of a museum: A museum is a permanent non-profit institution in the service of society that professionally processes, collects, conserves, interprets and exhibits tangible and intangible heritage. Museums are open to the public, accessible and inclusive. They promote and develop diversity and sustainability, and operate and communicate ethically, professionally and with the participation of diverse communities. They offer a variety of stimuli for learning, enjoyment, reflection and knowledge sharing."

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Photographs by MUO / Tereza Hrubá

Photo Gallery
ICOM General Conference

The 26th General Conference of ICOM was opened in the hall of the Congress Centre in Prague by the President of the International Council of Museums, Alberto Garlandini. From right: Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Martin Baxa, President of the Czech ICOM Committee Gina Renotière, Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib, Director General of the National Museum Michal Lukeš and Head of the Office for the Preparation of the General Conference Martina Lehmannová.

ICOM Ukraine

The ICOM General Conference began with round tables. The first meeting was devoted to Ukraine, where besides Ukrainians and Czechs there were also representatives of Slovakia, Poland, Austria and Switzerland.


Czech and Slovak ICOMs work closely together. Pictured here are the chairs of the committees from both countries - Gina Renotière and Dalibor Mikulík.

The prize goes to MUO

Lektorka Muzea umění Olomouc Hana Lamatová přebírá Cenu festivalu F@IMP 2021-2022, kterou obdržela společně s výtvarníkem Radimem Ševčíkem za animovaný snímek "Sebastiano Luciani zv. del Piombo. Madona s rouškou. Vznik obrazu".

New Blood in Old Veins

A joint programme of ICOM Czech Republic and ICOM Slovakia called "New Blood in Old Veins". Pictured here is Gina Renotière, Head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Olomouc Museum of Art, and Gina Renotière, Head Curator of the Collections of Old Art at the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava.

Festive evening

The opening ceremony took place in Prague on Letná in the National Technical Museum (pictured) and in the National Museum of Agriculture.

ICOM France

A meeting of the French ICOM was also held at the Trade Fair Palace, attended by (from left) Alberto Garlandini (President of ICOM), Alicja Knast (Director General of the National Gallery Prague), Xavier Rey (Director of the Centre Pompidou in Paris), Gina Renotière (Chair of the Czech ICOM Committee), Stanislas Mrozek (Cultural Attaché and Director of the French Institute) and Juliette Raoul-Duval (Chair of ICOM France).

Delegates in Olomouc

Two dozen delegates of the ICOM conference visited the Olomouc city.

Workshop at the Museum of Art

David Hrbek, lecturer at the Museum of Art, prepared a workshop for foreign colleagues in the permanent exhibition of modern art Century of Relativity.

At the Mayor of Olomouc

The group of museum professionals from all over the world was also received by Olomouc Mayor Miroslav Žbánek.

Todays opening hours

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Thursday | 23. 3. 2023

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